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abstain
to hold oneself back voluntarily
Donaldson wanted to abstain from eating fatty meat.
advocate
to speak/write in favor of
Shawna advocated for the passing of the bill.
adulterate
to make impure
McDonalds used to adulterate their beef because it wasn't 100% beef.
anomalous
abnormal, irregular
Marcus Arealius' decision to advocate gladiators fighting in the colloseum was anomalous considering his father's feelings toward the barbaric event.
antipathy
aversion, dislike
I have an antipathy for players.
apathy
lack of caring, indifference
I have a feeling of apathy toward politics.
assuage
ease or lessen, satisfy, soothe
I wanted to assuage my hunger by eating a large, juicy burger.
audacious
daring, bold
Lisa is audacious when climbing rocks.
bolster
support, reinforce
Liz used what I had said about Scott to bolster her argument.
cacophonous
discordant, inharmonious
The string orchestra in HS was cacophonous, for no one was very good.
capricious
unpredictable, fickle
Liz is capricious when it comes to making decions with Scott and Andrew.
corroborate
to make more certain, confirm
Getting asked to sit in the bar area of TGIFridays corroborates the idea that we are maturing physically.
deride
ridicule, make fun of
Nick and I deride the a.s.k.
desicate
dry up
I have not been drinking enough water; I thought I might literally desicate!
dissonance
discord, opposite of harmony
The sometimes present dissonance between my friends and I became clear last week.
enigma
an inexplicable occurence, a riddle, a person of puzzling/contradictory character
People might consider me an enigma because I am happy one second and upset the next.
enervate
weaken, attenuate
The sun enervates me when I am at the beach and I want to take a nap.
engender
cause, produce
Jess's enthusiasm engenders spontaneous doings, such as driving to UMASS
ephemeral
short-lived, fleeting
Feelings for boys at a young age can be quite ephemeral, for hormones seems to vary levels constantly.
equivocate
intentionally mislead
Surprise parties cause friends to equivocate the birthday girl.
erudite
learned, scholarly
Professors are supposdly erudite.
eulogy
expression of praise
I have never been to a funeral and hence, have never heard a eulogy.
fervor
glowing ardor, intensity of feeling
When I see someone dancing, I watch on with fervor thinking of the past.
garrulous
loquacious, wordy
Many of my essays end up being garrulous because I am trying to fill space.
homogeneous
of the same kind
CMU is homogeneous, for it is full of people who are all passionate about learning.
gullible
easily deceived
I am sometimes gullible.
ingeneous
naive and trusting
I was ingenous until I learned about the bad in the world.
laconic
concise
A paper's introduction is laconic, expressing the contents and viewpoint of the entire essay in one paragraph.
laud
praise
Many would laud my piano perforamances at the recitals.
lethargic
drowsy, dull
The slug seems lethargic.
loquacious
talkative
Sometimes when I meet new people, I am loquacious- a sign of being an extravert.
lucid
easily understood, clear, intelligible
I try to speak lucidly over the phone because reception makes the clarity bad enough.
malleable
apable of being shaped, impressionable
Little children are malleable because they don't know much yet and are looking for examples.
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
Philanthropists are not misantropic.
mitigate
appease, moderate
My project team tries to mitigate issues all the time.
obdurate
stubborn
I am obdurate when it comes to listening to my mom.
opaque
inpenetrable to light
The fruit snacks I like are opaque.
ostentatious
showy pretentious
Paris Hilton is ostentatious.
paradox
a self-contradictory and false proposition
It is a paradox that I like hot chocolate, but not chocolate milk.
pedantic
showing off learning, bookish
The girl in the birth control commercials is pedantic.
philanthropic
pertaining to, engaged in, benevolent
Giving money to wear blue jeans on Friday will go to a philanthropic charity.
placate
pacify, conciliate
Liz will try to placate the angry customers who may complain about her baggins skills.
precipitate
rash, premature, hasty, sudden
Buying the expensive coat was a precipitate event.
prevaricate
lie
Some of my previous best friends have prevaricated, leading to an unfortunate end.
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
Buying anything you see is being prodigal. Save the money for a philathropic cause.
propriety
fitness, correct conduct
I try behave with propriety at work.
vacillate
waver, fluctuate
I vacillate between whether or not to trust some people.
venerate
revere
The people of Rome still venerate Maximus.
volatile
changeable, explosive, evaporating rapidly
The boss's temper at AE was volatile. You always had to be careful around her.
zeal
ardor, fervor for a person/cause/object
My zeal for food has caused me to gain weight!